Celebrating Baptismal Anniversaries
The day that you were baptized was the most important day of your life. This was the day that you became a child of God. This was the day that God’s Life entered your soul for the very first time. The Holy Spirit entered your soul and has remained there ever since. On your baptismal day, you entered into Covenant with God and became his very own son or daughter. Why not celebrate this day? Shouldn’t the day we were baptized be a day of great celebration? After all, before baptism you were merely a child, but after baptism you became a child who truly belongs to God. Your soul was dead, but is now alive!
Celebrate the date that each member of your family was baptized by having a special dinner with the whole family present. You can even allow the person whose baptismal date is being celebrated to choose what you will have to eat for dinner that night. It would be great to have the god-parents present if possible. Light candles for this special dinner reminding everyone that Jesus is the light of the world and that His light now shines within us. After dinner, bring out the family member’s baptismal candle (the candle he or she received at Baptism) and allow him or her to hold it. Light it and keep it lit while the family member renews his or her baptismal vows. One person (most likely a parent) should ask the questions that the priest asked at Baptism, while the family member replies, “I do.” Below is a Renewal of Baptismal Vows that can be used. You can even give a religious gift such as a saint medal, a Rosary, a prayer book, a Bible, a book of saints, or a holy card to the family member whose baptismal anniversary is being celebrated.
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Do you reject Satan?
And all his works?
And all his empty promises?
Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord.